Question: When does a sexually-charged incident obligate an elected legislator to resign?
Answer: When one or more of the following is true:
- When the legislator has been found guilty of a sex-related offense in a court of law ( or guilty of any crime, since law-makers must no be law-breakers.)
- When the incident indicates a bigoted and disrespectful attitude toward women.
- When the incident makes the legislator’s necessary status as a role model to children and others impossible to sustain,
- When the incident embarrasses the legislative body and calls its competence, integrity and trustworthiness into disrepute.
- When the incident calls into question the legislator’s judgment and trustworthiness.
With these standards in mind, let us examine the recent plights of two legislators, one Republican, and one Democrat. First, the Republican: